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International Education Shines at Study Tasmania Awards Night

Thu 17 October 2013

Nick McKim

Minister for Education and Skills

The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, today announced the winners of the 2013 Study Tasmania International Education Awards.

“The awards recognise outstanding international students across education sectors, and recognise homestay hosts, community members and staff members for their dedication and the fantastic support they provide for international students in our state,” Mr McKim said.

“Tasmania is the perfect place for international students to select when considering their future options as we provide international students with a world-class education in an excellent learning environment, within a safe and inclusive community.

“As highlighted in the Deloitte report released last week, international education is predicted to be one of the next boon industries for Australia.

“Tasmania already has plans in place to take full advantage of this with the Tasmanian Government’s Tasmania’s Place in the Asian Century whitepaper emphasising the importance of international education in terms of both revenue and increasing our level of Asian cultural awareness.

“Asia is already the most important region for international student recruitments to Tasmania. China alone accounts for over 35% of total international student enrolments in Tasmanian Schools, TasTAFE and the University of Tasmania," he said.

The Minister said that to grow our international education sector, the Tasmanian Government established Study Tasmania in 2010 to promote international education in Tasmania and to provide support to international students studying here.

Study Tasmania promotes Tasmania as a quality study destination for international students and also supports international students currently studying in our Government, private and independent schools, TasTAFE, and the University of Tasmania,” he said.

Mr McKim said the statewide International Education Awards are open to international students studying at the University of Tasmania, TasTAFE, Government Schools and Colleges and Independent and Catholic Schools.

The award recipients are:

Homestay Host of the Year: • Annette and Stephen Bourke, Tranmere

Staff Member / Teacher of the Year (Kinder to Year 12):

• Xiao Zeng (from China) Chinese Teaching Assistant, The Hutchins School

Staff Member / Teacher of the Year (Post Year 12 – TasTAFE and UTAS) – Joint winners:

• Dona Leach, Coordinator of the UTAS Community Friends and Networks Program in the south and Jack Williamson, working with international students studying English at TasTAFE in Hobart

Community Member of the Year (services to international students):

• Sardar Waqas Ahmed Khan Durrani (from Pakistan) student at UTAS

International Student of the Year - Kinder to Year 12:

• Winner: Ikhwan Sallih (from Malaysia) student at The Hutchins School

• Runner up: Ziyang Zhang (from China) student at Launceston College

International Student of the Year – TasTAFE:

• Winner: Unha Kim (from South Korea) completing a Diploma of Nursing at TasTAFE Launceston City Campus

• Runner up: Rennie Jaurigue (from the Philippines) completing a Diploma of Community Services Work at TasTAFE Clarence Campus

International Student of the Year – UTAS:

• Winner: Shafaq Sobri (from Malaysia) completing a Bachelor of Law

• Runner up: Peter Park (from South Korea) completed a Bachelor of Business, now completing a Bachelor of Law.

“The Study Tasmania awards recognise the contribution that international students make to Tasmania and cap off a great year for international education in the state,” Mr McKim said.

“The winners of these awards should be immensely proud of their achievements and I wish them every success for their future careers – be they here in Australia or upon returning home.”

For more information, contact Anne Ripper, Chair of Study Tasmania on 03 6233 7272.